Extra Curricular

A-Level English trip to Brontë Country

A-Level English trip to Brontë Country
8th Mar 2024
Written by ASM

Ask any book lover to list their favourite novel about love and passion, and the chances are that Emily Brontë’s gothic novel Wuthering Heights would feature highly. The evocative, melancholy and sorrowful tone embedded in the love story between Cathy and Heathcliff is one that has endured.
So it was a rather special treat for our Year 12 and 13 A-Level English Literature students to be taken on a three day trip to Haworth, Yorkshire – home of the Brontë sisters –last week.

After a long journey up the motorway, the students were given time to settle into their hotel before visiting the Brontë Parsonage Museum for an evening talk, where they received an interesting introduction to the Brontë  family history and how much of this – e.g rôle of the church, loss of their mother – found its way into the sisters’ imaginative writing.

The following day students were up early to enjoy a thorough tour around the Brontë Parsonage Museum and were able to explore where the Brontë  sisters lived – even the room and sofa on which Emily Brontë is thought to have died on! They then enjoyed another detailed talk that specifically focused on the novel Wuthering Heights, one that is included in the ‘Love through the Ages’ part of the A-Level English Literature curriculum and something that the students will have to write about in their final exams. It was a real privilege to talk about the characters, themes, relationships and interpretations of the book in the very place where the novel was first imagined, over 170 years ago! 

After the talk came a robust walk up the moors to experience the surroundings that so inspired Wuthering Heights (note –some female students soon discovered that ‘fashion boots’ and ‘good strong walking books’ aren’t always one and the same!). Once at the top, the students shared some of their favourite poems whilst enjoying a packed lunch. A little ‘retail therapy’ in the local High Street of Haworth followed that afternoon and the discussions and debates about the classic novel followed into the evening.

Staff and students began their journey home early the next morning, just as it started snowing up on the moors! It was a lovely trip that really brought to life Wuthering Heights and the lives of the Brontës. The students absolutely loved it! Our thanks must go to Head of English Faculty Ms Salloo and Assistant Head Teacher Mr Haque for organising and facilitating such a rewarding trip.